ArtPencil Vs. Camera: The Awesome Artwork of Ben Heine

Twenty-eight year old Belgian artist Ben Heine is probably now one of my absolute favorites. Not only is he a brilliant painter and drawer, but his imagination in creating scenes and graphic designs is just so unique. The internet makes many artists a dime a dozen, but Ben’s work stands out particularly in my mind. This particular series, known as “Pencil Vs. Camera” was begun in 2010 after writing a letter to his family:
“Reading my letter before putting it in the envelope, I saw in transparency the television behind the paper. I then realized it would be great to make something similar in a single image showing 2 different actions. I went outside and drew ‘Pencil Vs. Camera 1′ which is very simple and shows 2 chairs with a small table. About 1/4 of the scene is represented on the paper, the other 3/4 happens on the photo.”
And that’s pretty much how the rest of the pictures in this series are created as well. Each of the papers is done in black and white, while the background is often in color and features vibrant aspects of life – people, animals, scenery, and ideas.


I just make art for people. I want them to dream and forget their daily troubles. I used to write poems many years ago, I want to convey a poetic and philosophical meaning into my pictures, each new creation should tell a story and generate an intense emotion, like a poem, like a melody.”
Want more? check out Ben’s entire gallery of Pencil Vs. Camera drawings on his website. Or, check out his Facebook!
(Pics, quotes, and info courtesy of

GeneralSTOP Project: Read the Messages

Road rage, pull over. Somehow, that bright red octagon isn’t nearly so abrasive anymore due to the creative copy of Changing Lines.
Here’s how the designer describes his creations, entitled the STOP Project:
“I love typography and I always loved to combine different styles of typefaces. In my new project I have tried to communicate some ironic and critical messages by combining several cool typefaces. STOP signs were chosen in strategic locations in order to create an immediate relationship between the messages, the locations and the experiences of the moment. They force people to stop and read the messages, causing a reaction that requires them to question their acquired habits and behaviors.”
Kinda makes you “stop” and think, doesn’t it? 

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(Pics courtesy of Changing Lines and My Modern Met.)

FashionDare to Bare: Top 10 Most Famous Bikinis

Ever wondered where the bikini came from?
By the time the 1940s rolled around, American actresses had popularized the still-modest, high-cut two piece bathing suits. With the end of the war, however, came a resurgence of independence and attitude. French automobile engineer Louis Réard set out to win a contest to design the world’s smallest bathing suit. What he came up with was one that would leave the belly-button exposed, a fashion feat that had never been performed. He called it the “bikini” after the atomic bomb test site in the Pacific known as Bikini Atoll. Apparently, he wanted the shock to be as explosive as an atomic bomb. Go figure.
And there you have it! The bikini was born! And here are the top ten (in my book, anyway), that followed.
#1. Micheline Bernardini wore the first ever bikini at a poolside fashion show in Paris on July 5, 1946. Nineteen-year-old Bernardini was actually a nude dancer for the Casino de Paris at the time, and she was hired for the show because none of the other French models would wear the “scandalous” bikini.

#2. Brigitte Bardot made waves with a skimpy floral number at the Cannes Film Festival in 1953 that shocked American housewives and had all the men drooling.

#3. Ursula Andress played the role of Honey Ryder in the 1962 first-ever James Bond flick Dr. No. She won a Golden Globe for the role as well as the title of “quintessential Bond Girl” and one of the most iconic film moments of all time.
#4. Babette March was featured on the cover of the 1964 Sports Illustrated first Swimsuit Edition. She was the first elite model with gapped teeth (move over Sookie) and the highest-paid model in her day.
#5. Raquel Welch in the 1966 One Million Years B.C. put a whole new spin on sexy cavemen.
#6. Carrie Fischer as Princess Leia will stand out in our hearts forever in the 1983 Return of the JediWho could forget the sexiest sci-fi babe of all time? 
#7. Halle Berry in the 2002 Die Another Day. Okay, so maybe she’s a bit of an Ursula knock-off in this suit, but she’s still damn hot.
#8. Jessica Alba in the 2005 Into the Blue. I’m pretty sure I watch this movie to drool over Jessica Alba as much as Paul Walker. She is my summer motivation for a six-pack and perfect beach hair.
#9. Demi Moore kicked some serious patootie as a fallen angel in Charlie’s Angels: Full ThrottleSo what if she was partially plastic?
And last but not least…
#10. The Itsy, Bitsy, Teenie, Weenie, Yellow Polka Dot Bikini is the most classic of them all. It even has its own song.
So, did I miss any? Let me know in the comments below!
 (Pics and info courtesy of Daily Caller, History of Water Filters, Lisa Curran Swim, Moonage Fashion, Colour Lovers, & Google Images.)

GeneralMarita Francescon: MakeUp Now!

In my dream mansion by the sea, I would also have my own walk-in closet and a boudoir filled with these:
The incredibly talented architect and designer Marita Francescon studied in Naples, Madrid, and Barcelona, and she currently resides on the island of Ischia in the Gulf of Naples– poor thing!! Her focus in designing is to create objects that convey the joy of living and positive emotion, and these awesome makeup-inspired creations definitely hit the mark. 
Mascara-shaped hat rack? Yes, please!
I can’t tell what this is; brownie points if you can figure it out!

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(Photos courtesy of Marita Francescon.) 

CelebrityBattleship: Will You Go See It?


Normally, I avoid action and adventure movies like the plague. I am unashamedly a lover of comedy and chick flicks, and I’m totally okay with that. However, exceptions can be made when there are super hot guys in said action and adventure movies, and the upcoming Battleship has not only yummy Taylor Kitsch (you might know him from Friday Night Lights or X-Men Origins:  Wolverine) but ALSO my all-time favorite vampire Alexander Skarsgard. Nom.
Based loosely on the classic board game Battleship, the movie is basically about a bunch of navy ships who accidentally stumble on an armada of alien ships and machines in the middle of training exercises. The aliens, known as the Regents, are hostile (duh, it’s a sci-fi film), and the rest of the movie is pretty much about everything getting blown to smithereens. 
Watch for yourself:
Also starring Rihanna, complete with her badass shaved haircut, the lovely Brooklyn Decker, and the talented Liam Neeson, this is actually a movie I’m looking forward to seeing. And of course, because I’m a stalker and I can, I decided to see what the actors themselves had to say about the film. The inteviews in the video are pretty hilarious if you’ve got an extra ten minutes. 
Are you sold? The movie comes out May 18th, so find me in the theater! I’ll be the one in the “I Love Eric” t-shirt.